As Black History Month comes to a close, it is important to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Black and African Americans to society, but also take a moment to consider how we can carry on these conversations and continue our efforts to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive society throughout the year. As pioneers for the good of generations, the steps we take as a company and the dialogues we foster today will be critical in helping to create a world where everyone feels like they belong.
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we invited the young relatives of Henkel employees in the U.S. to participate in an art and essay contest where they were asked to illustrate and share their dreams for the future. Inspired by Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the participating children brought his message to life through original artwork and essays.
Opportunities like this are impactful for children and adults alike. A Henkel employee reflected on the experience of learning more about Dr. King and completing this activity with her son, “This exercise ended up being a very special, meaningful experience for us.”
Learning about the dreams of the next generation allows us to recognize the progress we’ve made as a society, but also inspires us to do more to create a society that they are proud to live in now – and for generations to come.
Here is what they had to say through art and words: